May 162012

Another bug squashed, poor little mite.

With the release of Chris Gransden’s ports of Hheretic and Hhexen, a problem was found with the then latest version of the DRenderer module – 0.56 beta 6. Christopher Martin, who has been updating the module lately, was hot on the case and released beta 7, which he thought addressed the problem.

Unfortunately, that turned out not to be the case.

However, Christopher has looked at the module yet again, and has now issued version 0.56 beta 8, fixing another bug that surfaced with the recent release of the two games – which, hopefully, should now make them fully playable. Continue reading »

May 122012

That is not the DRenderer you are looking for.

The DigitalRenderer (DRenderer) module, which is usually supplied along with the SharedUnixLibrary, is used to provide sound support for applications and games ported to RISC OS which make use of that library. However, the version supplied with SharedUnixLibrary on can play back audio at the wrong speed and contains some bugs which could theoretically crash a RISC OS computer if they are triggered, although it’s considered unlikely to happen.

Christopher Martin has been updating the module, and provisionally hosting it until a new version of SharedUnixLibrary is made available, along with the new version of DRenderer – the changes for which Christopher has contributed to the GCCSDK team. Continue reading »

Apr 222012

Updates that are a bit like buses. Except more frequent. So not like buses at all, then.

New versions of FFmpeg and FFplay have been made available by Christopher Martin, bringing them up to version 1.22, along with another update to the Digital Renderer (DRenderer) module, bringing it to version 0.56 (beta release 6).

FFmpeg is a versatile, open-source, multi-platform video and audio converter, described on its home site as “the leading multimedia framework, able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play pretty much anything that humans and machines have created.” FFmpeg makes it possible to process a large number of movie formats for which there are no high-performance RISC OS players. Continue reading »

Apr 122012

Christopher Martin has contacted me to let me know that version 0.52-1 of the DRenderer module, which is the version currently found in the package on, is obsolete and has a number of problems.

He has been working on the module, and has contributed new sources and a build system to the GCCSDK team, so the next GCCSDK release should include version 0.54 (or later) of the module. Continue reading »